On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that the President's Transition Team recommended that the then President-elect eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
With so much change coming so quickly, arts advocates need to organize. We need to raise our collective and individual voices with precision and in a unified manner. The new Administration and Congress will be moving quickly, so we need to educate people and act NOW.
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural industries contribute 4.23 percent, or $704.2 billion, of the nation’s GDP? This is greater than that of several other sectors, including construction, transportation and warehousing, mining and extraction, and agriculture.
In contrast to U.S. goods and services as a whole, arts and cultural commodities yield a trade surplus of $24 billion. The arts and cultural sector generates 4.7 million jobs, with more than 2.2 million people in the U.S. whose primary occupation is an artist. In addition to their intrinsic impacts, the arts produce positive community outcomes across the United States.
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